By Miguel Mike Medina
Actor, writer, and filmmaker Emilio Estevez turns 61 today. Isn’t it hard to believe that Coach Bombay is in his 60s now? Emilio comes from a family filled with artists, and it starts with his parents, especially his father, Martin Sheen. Emilio and Martin look alike, and they’ve always been together. The Estevez-Sheen family business is nothing but success and loyalty. Emilio is the brother of Charlie Sheen.
Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez recently went to “The Jennifer Hudson Show” Jennifer asked Emilio if it’s true that Laurence Fishburne saved his life when he was 14 years old and Emilio said it’s true. Emilio and Laurence were 14 while working on the movie, Apocalypse Now in the Philippines. Laurence saved him from drowning in quicksand. They bonded and connected ever since that incident. When Martin Sheen found out about it, he called Laurence to thank him. If it weren’t for Laurence Fishburne, we would’ve not recognize Emilio Estevez, that we know today, and the many classic movies he brought into our homes.
Emilio Estevez was part of the “Brat Pack” in the 80s, which featured stars Rob Lowe, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall, Molly Ringwald, and many more. All of them were part of teen-oriented coming-of-age films in the 1980s, such as The Breakfast Club and St Elmo’s Fire. Emilio is one of those actors who give you the impression that he’s a calm, cool, collected guy. He’s one of those actors who you want to tune in and easy to like when you watch him on screen.
The Breakfast Club is one of my favorite films from Emilio Estevez. He plays the role of a wrestler and takes no crap from anyone. The Breakfast Club is arguably the most outstanding high school ever. It’s cool to see the group reunite for significant anniversaries, but Emilio never attends them. It makes me wonder why he never participates in anything that involves The Breakfast Club. It’s an iconic movie that defined and influenced future high school movies, and we can’t forget about the music score.
The Mighty Ducks trilogy films bring nothing but incredible memories. The first two films of the series are the best. Which one do you think it’s better? The first one or the second one? I would say that the second one is the best because I like the setting in which Team USA goes to Los Angeles to compete in the Olympics. You also saw Coach Bombay act like a celebrity and a diva more than a coach. Part One of the Mighty Ducks film series brings more attention to me because I like that you see the early beginnings of how this team was put together. Coach Bombay was a successful lawyer but a mess on the inside. He was betting drunk and even got arrested. But when he became a coach, he changed his life around, and with the help of his mentor (Hans), he made his team into title contenders.
There are other films that Emilio Estevez was part of that you can check out on streaming service platforms:
– Young Guns (Amazon Prime)
– The Public (Peacock) (Directed, Written, and Starring Emilio Estevez)
– Judgment Night (Free on YouTube)
Happy birthday to Emilio Estevez! He will always be Coach Bombay to me.